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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada

Virtual Tour

The Fish Wall

The different species of marine life that call B.C. waters their home
The different species of marine life that call B.C. waters their home
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As interpreters at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, part of our job is taking school groups through the site. Kids are always fascinated to find out about all the different species of marine life that call B.C. waters their home. The Halibut's story arouses their curiosity everytime.

If you look closely at an adult Halibut, you'll notice that it has both of its eyes on the same side of its head. However, when it was younger, it had one eye on each side of its head (like most fish). As a young fish it swims upright, but, as it ages, it slowly flattens out. The eye that is on its bottom is no longer useful since the Halibut now glides along the ocean floor. This eye actually migrates around the Halibut's head to go settle on the top side of the fish!

What if one day your eye began to travel around your head!

Hope you have enjoyed this tour!